Ted Cruz on Families & Children
Republican Texas Senator
Ted Cruz (R): No. Sponsored amendment to define marriage as between man & a woman.
Beto O'Rourke (D): Yes.
"We need leaders who will stand unapologetically in defense of the Judeo-Christian values upon which America was built," he concluded.
The issue is one that Cruz said distinguishes him from other potential candidates in what looks to be a crowded 2016 presidential field. While others have de-emphasized or dropped altogether their opposition to same-sex marriage, he said, he would continue to make it a priority.
Cruz delivered his speech to a crowd of about 200 Iowa religious leaders and their spouses behind closed doors in a hotel ballroom in Des Moines.
"My mom when she came out of school she was shortly thereafter married. She had a son, a son named Michael. When he was just a few months old, my mom woke up and she found Michael dead in his crib. It crippled her. It ended up breaking up her first marriage. To this day, I don't know anyone who is more strongly pro-life than my mother is when you see a baby taken from you far too early it makes it personal."
"My mom has been a best friend my whole life and she has been an incredibly fantastic grandmother for our two little girls," said Ted Cruz.
"If it were not for my father giving his life to Christ, I would have been raised by a single mother."--Cruz said that story proves to him "faith is real."
While she is home most nights, on the night of her husband's 21-hour filibuster speech, Mrs. Cruz happened to be out of town for work. When Cruz's chief of staff called her for a suggestion for a bedtime story he could read to his girls from the Senate floor, she recommended her husband's favorite "Green Eggs and Ham." After the bedside story was red, supporters of the health care law said Dr. Seuss had the same message they did: "That if you try something, you just might like it."
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AZ: Flake(R) vs. Ward(R) vs.Sinema(D) vs.Abboud(D) vs.McSally(R) vs.Arpaio(R) vs.Marks(L)
CA: Feinstein(D) vs. Eisen(I) vs. Sanchez?(D) vs.de_Leon(D)
CT: Murphy(D) vs.Adams(D) vs.Corey(R)
DE: Carper(D) vs.Arlett(R) vs.Truono(R) vs.
FL: Nelson(D) vs.
HI: Hirono(D) vs.Curtis(R) vs.
IN: Donnelly(D) vs.
MA: Warren(D) vs. Ayyadurai(I) vs.
MD: Cardin(D) vs.Campbell(R) vs.Vohra(L) vs.
ME: King(I) vs.Brakey(R) vs.Ringelstein(D) vs.Lyons(L)
MI: Stabenow(D) vs.
MN-6: Klobuchar(D) vs.Newberger(R) vs.Overby(G)
MO: McCaskill(D) vs.Petersen(R) vs.Petersen(R) vs.Monetti(R) vs.Hawley(R)
MS-2: vs.Hyde-Smith(R) vs. McDaniel(R) vs.Espy(D) vs.
MS-6: Wicker(R) vs.Baria(D) vs.
MT: Tester(D) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Rosendale(R)
ND: Heitkamp(D) vs.Peyer(D) vs.Cramer(R) vs.
NE: Fischer(R) vs.Raybould(D)
NJ: Menendez(D) vs.
NM: Heinrich(D) vs.Rich(R) vs.Johnson(L)
NV: Heller(R) vs.
NY: Gillibrand(D) vs.
OH: Brown(D) vs.
PA: Casey(D) vs.
RI: Whitehouse(D) vs.
TN: Corker(R) vs.Bredesen(D) vs.
TX: Cruz(R) vs.
UT: Hatch(R) vs.
VA: Kaine(D) vs.
VT: Sanders(I) vs.Milne(D) vs.MacGovern(D) vs.Paige(R) vs.Zupan(R)
WA: Cantwell(D) vs.Hutchison(R) vs.Ferguson(D) vs.Luke(L) vs.Strider(L)
WI: Baldwin(D) vs.Vukmir(R)
WV: Manchin(D) vs.
WY: Barrasso(R) vs.Trauner(D)
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